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Institutes of Technology Ireland
Research & Innovation

Research, development and innovation at a glance

There is a significant base of research development and innovation activity across the sector including:

  • 46 specialist research centres or groups, developed and supported by various funding mechanisms
  • This portfolio of industry-focused research centres and initiatives supported 521 researchers and support staff in 2011, all actively engaged in research activities
  • The quality of these research resources is reflected in their ability to access a wide range of funding awards, including IRCSET, IRCHSS and TSR at national level and FP7 and Interreg from EU sources.
  • Leading researchers in the IoTs have also demonstrated their experience and reputation by accessing 34 Science Foundation Ireland awards since establishment of the organization, covering Principal Investigator, Research Frontiers, Stokes Professorships/Lectureships, Starting Investigator, ETS Walton Professor and TIDA feasibility grants.
  • A substantial postgraduate student base is sustained through this research activity, with 871 recorded in 2011.
  • The work across the centres and initiatives generated €218mn in research funding between 2006 and 2010, of which 66% was allocated toward research in ICT, Health and Biotechnology, as shown below.

Research Funding in the Institutes of Technology 2006-2010

Research Funding in the Institutes of Technology 2006-2010

  • There are 15 on-site innovation and incubation centres which provide dedicated space, support, facilities and access to research expertise for up to 300 new and growing companies at any one time. 
  • Funding by Enterprise Ireland of 13 Applied Research Enhancement Centres, which build on areas of specialist research capability across the Institutes. As demonstrated in the table below these ARE centres have substantially expanded the level of interaction with industry around practical research and innovation projects, with industry investment in these projects increasing significantly in recent years.

Industry Impact from IoT Applied Research Enhancement Centres


2008

2009

2010

2011

Total

Industrial Collaborations

36

69

117

150

372

Innovation Voucher Projects

20

45

70

52

187

Innovation Partnership Projects

2

7

13

19

41

Projects Directly Funded by Industry

14

17

34

79

144

Income from Collaborative Projects

€570,000

€451,000

€1,550,000

€3,200,000

€5,771,000

Industry Contribution to
Collaborative Projects

€226,000

€102,000

€615,000

€1,500,000

€2,443,000

Industry Contribution %

39.7%

22.2%

39.7%

46.7%

42.3%

News

4th December 2014: Professor at WIT helps boost the entrepreneurial and SME ecosystem of Abu Dhabi

A Professor in the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) travelled to Abu Dhabi on 22 November as part of an OECD team to review processes and policies aimed at boosting the entrepreneurial and SME ecosystem in Abu Dhabi.

4th December 2014: Cork pioneering medical device company wins the 2014 InterTradeIreland Seedcorn Competition

Cork medical device company AventaMed was named as Best Overall Early Stage company at InterTradeIreland’s 2014 all-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition.

11th September 2014: IOTI Postgraduate Research Scholarships 2014

IOTI is pleased to announce a number of postgraduate research scholarships in the Institutes of Technology.

11th September 2014: Dr. Hollywood of the Smooth Muscle Research Centre, DkIT honoured by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland

Dr Mark Hollywood, Principal Investigator with the Smooth Muscle Research Centre at Dundalk IT has been awarded the Silver Medal for his lecture on “Six, Drugs and RCK and Bowl” by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

4th September 2014: IOTI Postgraduate Scholarship Awards 2014

31 projects were awarded funding through the 2014 IOTI Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme.  Details provided below. 

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